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New Permanent Observer of European Union Presents Letter of Nomination to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva

Presentation of Credentials


Lotte Knudsen, the new Permanent Observer of the European Union to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented her letter of nomination to Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Prior to her appointment to Geneva, Ms. Knudsen had been serving as Managing Director in the European Union’s External Action Service, in charge of global and multilateral issues as well as human rights. Previously, she served in the European Commission in a number of different posts. She was in charge of developing international relations in the Directorate-General for Justice and Home Affairs, before becoming Director, first on security issues, including counter-terrorism issues, then on justice issues, including legislative negotiations. She also served as a Director in the Directorate-General for Development, dealing with thematic issues like migration, health and human development.

Ms. Knudsen has also worked in the Directorate-General for External Relations (Relex) on European Union/United States relations and the European Union accession negotiations. She has worked at the European Commission Secretariat-General as well as in the Foreign Office in London on a two-year secondment.

Ms. Knudsen studied at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris and the College of Europe in Bruges.